Turks Head Pub, Winchester Road, St Margaret’s
On March 10th 1964, Ringo Starr filmed his solo ‘walkabout scene for a A Hard Day’s Night. He is goaded by Paul’s grandfather (played by Wilfred Brambell) that he should go out and enjoy life. Ringo enters the pub through the side entrance (actually in St Margaret’s Grove). He orders a sandwich, which looks extremely stale. He complains about it and interrupts the pub games. This scene was filmed at the Turks Head Pub in Winchester Road, St. Margaret’s, just a few yards away from the film studio. The pub is still there to this day, and makes Beatles fans very welcome. If you ask nicely they will show A Hard Day’s Night on the pub’s big screen, so you can watch it in one the places the film was shot!
The pub is only about 400 metres from Twickenham Film Studios, where most of the interior scenes of A Hard Day’s Night were shot.
Although she was not involved in this scene, Ringo was accompanied to the pub by Pattie Boyd, who played a schoolgirl in the film. She married George Harrison two years later. On 24th April all four Beatles came to Winchester Hall, the pub’s function room, for a ‘wrap party’, to celebrate the completion of the shooting of the film.
In October 2001, members of the original cast and crew came to the Turks Head to film for the bonus DVD of A Hard Day’s Night.